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Posted on: November 13, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Two Suspects Arrested, Two Victims Suffered Injuries Caused by an Edged Weapon

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Two Suspects Arrested, Two Victims Suffered Injuries Caused by an Edged Weapon 

Spokane Valley Deputies responded to reports of a fight involving several people and a knife/sword.  Two people sustained non-life-threatening injuries.  One victim was transported to the hospital for treatment, and the second victim declined transport, saying he would seek medical attention on his own.   With the aid of a K9 Unit and a UAS, the adult male and adult female suspects were located and arrested for felony assault charges.  The male remains in jail with a total bond set at $2,500 by a Spokane County Superior Court Judge.  The same judge released the female on her own recognizance several hours later.  

On November 10, 2023, at approximately 10:15 pm, Spokane Valley Deputies responded to the 15600 block of E. 4th Street for reports of a fight involving a knife.  Witnesses said several subjects were involved, and one person was on the ground, not moving.  

Arriving Deputies contacted two adult male victims.  One had several gaping wounds, including to the back of his head, and the second victim had several lacerations on his hands.  Spokane Valley Fire arrived and provided medical treatment to both.  One victim was transported to the hospital via ambulance for additional aid.  The other victim declined to be transported and said he would seek further treatment on his own.  

A K9 Unit and UAS were deployed to locate the suspect(s), with the K9 tracking to the front of the apartment building where the suspects were found inside one of the apartments.  Both were detained pending the investigation.  

Initial information gained from witnesses and the victims indicates one suspect, 21-year-old Sebastian R. Nyffler, got into an altercation with one of the victims.   This first altercation deescalated, and they separated.  A short time later, this victim was again outside, and he noticed Nyffler standing near 4th and Sullivan, holding what he described as a sword.  He said they settled their differences, and he and Nyffler shook hands.  Then the female suspect, identified as 21-year-old Elizabeth M. Lorrekovich, began to verbally incite the situation, saying to Nyffler and referring to the sword, “Why didn’t you hit him with it?”

As this continued, Nyffler approached the victim, swinging the sword like a baseball bat, striking the victim multiple times in the hands, arms, lower back, and head.  The victim, now on the ground, continued to be assaulted by Nyffler and Lorrekovich, who kicked him in the head/face.  

Seeing this, the second victim and friend of the first victim jumped into the fray and took the sword away from Nyffler, suffering cuts to his hands.           

Nyffler and Lorrekovich were transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Assault 1st Degree and Assault 2nd Degree.   

Nyffler remains in jail with his total bond set at $2,500 by Spokane County Superior Court Judge M. Szambelan. 

Lorrekovich remained in jail until later in the evening on November 11, 2023, at approximately 10:45 pm, when she was released on her own recognizance by Spokane County Superior Court Judge M. Szambelan.   

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